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Marin virus containment effort gets new $1M influx

September 22, 2020

Marin Independent Journal article by: Richard Halstead

SAN RAFAEL CA – MAY 27: People wait in line for free COVID-19 testing at the Canal Alliance in San Rafael, Calif. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Another $1 million is being set aside to help cover the expenses of low-income Marin residents who test positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine.

On Tuesday, Marin County supervisors approved the allocation of another $750,000 to underwrite the costs of isolating low-income Marin residents, many of whom are Latino and live in crowded living conditions with extended families or others.

Despite the $900,000 spent on quarantine support to date, Marin County Assistant Administrator Angela Nicholson told supervisors on Tuesday the money is expected to run out in a matter of weeks.

“People care about their health and the health of their families,” said Omar Carrera, CEO of Canal Alliance. Carrera said those who really want to continue working aren’t going to get tested in the first place.

Under certain circumstances, payments are authorized before a person who has been tested receives the results. Nicholson said that is allowed if the person awaiting the results holds a job with a high risk of transmission and lives in a crowded household where someone else has tested positive.

Read the full article on the Marin IJ website.

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